Genesis 12:2: Fame

” ‘I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.” NIV

‘’I will bless you and make you famous…’’ (New Living Translation).  God has undoubtedly done this with Abram. He is as good as his Word. Centuries after his death, people are still speaking and writing about Abram. His name is esteemed by Jews and Muslims as well as Christians. But all that God did with him and through him was, in the final analysis, about Jesus.

On the day when I was reflecting on these words about Abram, there was a news announcement to say that the ‘famous’ evangelist, Dr. Billy Graham, had died at the age of 99. Ultimately, I suggest, there is no explanation for the phenomenon of Billy’s ministry other than God. He chose this man for a big purpose. He gave him a large platform, high visibility and enormous spiritual influence. His brother-in-law, Leighton Ford, himself a great preacher, said, ‘We young evangelists used to joke that Billy would just have to say, ‘John 3:16, come forward’, and people would come to Christ!’ Such was the anointing on him. I believe God raised up this fine man, and made him well known.

But when the Lord makes someone’s name great, it is for the sake of His Name. It is that He might be glorified in and through that person. I thought it entirely appropriate that on the BBC news’s coverage of Graham’s death, Jesus was mentioned several times. The evangelist would have liked that. He was all about glorifying Jesus. He knew that if God had given him fame, it was so that he might spread abroad the fame of Jesus’ Name.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether you serve in anonymity or in the spotlight; whether you minister to thousands or just a few. The key thing is to know your calling, and serve God’s purpose for you in your generation.

PRAYER: In my life, Lord, be glorified…today.